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New president, board member for Yavapai College in 2019

CLARKDALE – From 77 candidates to seven to three finalists to one, Yavapai College’s district governing board unanimously selected Lisa Rhine to replace Penny Wills, whose last day with the college was Dec. 31.

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James Perey checks off 2018 as banner year for Yavapai College

CLARKDALE – The following are things that James Perey counts as Yavapai College’s successes in 2018 – and future successes in 2019.

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Sedona Marathon no more; event re-branded as RunSedona

Now in its 14th year, the Sedona Marathon has crossed a symbolic finish line and dropped its marathon race and re-emerged under a new name: RunSedona.

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Special Education funding big challenge for schools

COTTONWOOD – Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter will swear in Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board members Mindy Bejarano, Neil Manzenberger and Eric Marcus.

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Cottonwood Fire & Medical Department puts out garage fire

Fire was caused by 'Safe and Sane' fireworks

Initial investigation indicates the fire was probably ignited by discarded consumer fireworks. The homeowners were advised that while consumer “safe and sane” fireworks can be legally purchased locally,

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Clarkdale-Jerome, Mountain View Prep successfully appeal A-F letter grades

No change for Mingus Union, Cottonwood Community School, Sedona Red Rock Jr./Sr.

Clarkdale-Jerome received the A it believed all along it had earned.

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Mingus lawyer says ACLU Arizona letter ‘incorrectly states’ facts, law

COTTONWOOD – Whether Mingus Union High School’s students should wear identification badges is a decision “for the district and its governing board.”

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Construction industry ‘begging’ for workers

The adage rings true: You don’t need a four-year degree to make a decent living.

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VVHC overnight shelter open every night since Christmas

It was 17 degrees Wednesday night; and it was the 17th night that a dozen homeless people found refuge in the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition’s new cold-weather shelter this winter.

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Delafuente defense requests extension for new grand jury hearing

CAMP VERDE -- The defense in Cottonwood Police Detective Cody Delafuente’s case has a requested an extension to file a motion for remand to the grand jury.

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Judge tells woman: ‘I’m not giving up on you’ during sentencing

A 30-year-old Cornville woman who was arrested Oct. 25 after overdosing in front of her daughter was sentenced to two years in prison Monday at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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First baby of 2019

Baby Amina Marie Rahn, daughter of Katie Lyman and Bud Rahn of Cottonwood, was born at 1:08 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, making her the first baby born at Verde Valley Medical Center.

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Terry Keller looks back at 2018, forward to 2019 for Copper Canyon

In addition to the merger of the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts into the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District, the following are things that Copper Canyon Fire Chief Terry Keller counts as successes in 2018, and things he looks forward to accomplishing in 2019.

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Copper Canyon looks back at 2018 as Year of the Merger

Folks at the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts might have learned something about merging their districts had they reached out to the chief of Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District.

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Showers expected through weekend; ADOT issues highway advisory

Temperatures will be warmer this weekend but there is also a high chance of showers starting Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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Frigid temperatures cause frozen pipes in Verde Village

As temperatures dipped well below freezing on New Year's Day, Verde Village residents experienced multiple outages.

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Town Manager contract, signature events, possible water company purchase as Camp Verde council looks back at 2018

CAMP VERDE – It was back in March of 1987 when Jackie Baker first ran for a spot on Camp Verde’s town council.

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Camp Verde Mayor German looks back at 2018

CAMP VERDE – Charlie German said recently that the $60-plus million SR 260 improvement and widening project, the Northern Arizona Healthcare medical facility on Finnie Flat, and council’s passing of the General Plan in 2016 “created renewed interest in the future of Camp Verde.”

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Year in review: Top Clarkdale stories of 2018

From a new soil program to court co-location, here are some top Clarkdale stories of 2018.

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A look back at 2018: School district consolidation -- Committees, lawsuits, meetings, stipulated judgment

COTTONWOOD – As 2018 draws to a close, it appears that voters in the Mingus Union, Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome school districts will be able to decide whether the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts should merge into one district in 2019.

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UPDATE: ACLU Arizona demands Mingus Union change ID badge policy

COTTONWOOD – The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has asked Mingus Union High School to put an end to the school’s current identification badge policy or it “will be forced to pursue further action.”

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Super heroes of environment: Saving endangered fish species

We have caped crusader men and women who work quietly behind-the-scenes to save the lives of endangered fish, reptiles and amphibians.

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Q&A with Oak Creek School teacher of the week Tiana Hatler

Cottonwood-Oak Creek educator excels at ‘building trust’

“Tiana is very good at building trust with her kids,” Persaud said. “She is skilled at assessing where they are academically and behaviorally, and identifying what they need. She is collaborative and reflective in her teaching practice.”

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Cottonwood Community Band offers free group music lessons

Dust off your band instruments and join the Cottonwood Community Band during their preseason practices scheduled for Monday evenings Jan. 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Cottonwood Community School Band Room.

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State Route 89A closed in both directions north of Jerome

State Route 89A has been closed in both directions north of Jerome from mileposts 343-347 due to winter weather conditions, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.